On certain occasions, I pick the cheapest and most valuable studs for your DFS fantasy lineups. While I typically encourage you to spend the extra penny, I think it’s time to spare your piggy banks. Tonight we encounter an eight-game slate kicking off with an NL East rivalry in Citizens Bank Park at 7:05. We conclude tonight’s spread at 10 pm as the Dodgers welcome the Rockies for the middle game of the series. Here are a few diamonds in the rough which could be the savior of your fantasy wallets.
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On the Mound
Merrill Kelly vs San Francisco ($7,200)
Kelly has been rock solid for the Diamondback rotation throughout his 91 innings on the mound. The 33-year-old doesn’t have electric stuff, yet his durability and efficiency allow him to work around hitters. He relies on a five-pitch mix which makes it tough for opponents to figure out. Allowing just one earned run over seven frames against the Rockies drooped his ERA to a respectable 3.46.
Mitch White vs Colorado ($7,900)
The back end of any rotation is relatively flimsy and White has proven the exact opposite. He may provide just four or five innings, however, his ability to cool down an offense is crucial to his brief appearances. While Walker Buehler nurses the 60-day IL to recover from a ligament strain, White has inherited a heavier load to compensate for the absence of their ace. Tossing a one-run gem against the Padres, you should definitely slot the 27-year-old into your lineups.
In the Batters Box
Whit Merrifield, 2B ($4,100)
A slow start was the last thing that Merrifield could want to begin his 2022 campaign. The veteran second baseman is slowly shaping into form and has been streaking over the past handful of games. His .238 batting average might not be too compelling yet Merrifield is riding a five-game hit streak. Tallying seven knocks over the five-game span is the push he needed to find his groove. The Royals resume their four-game set with the Astros as the 33-year-old looks to broaden his streak to six games.
Michael Harris, OF ($3,300)
The top prospect out of the Braves system has finally got the call to the major leagues. Harris has made an immediate impact in his brief journey in the big leagues. Smacking five long balls on top of a .300 batting average, it’s clear that the rookie was worth the wait. Additionally, Harris collected nine hits over the last 10 games while plating five RBI.
Alex Verdugo, OF ($4,000)
Verdugo got off to a hot start in the first few months of the season, but then slowly fell off the rails. Although, the former Dodger has gained some traction and is considered to be the hottest bat on the fantasy market. The Red Sox offense has been relentless all season long and Verdugo has played a vital role in the booming offense. He has been on a tear of late and is yet to snap a 14-game hit streak.
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